A&E's Xmas Gift to You: Duck Dynasty Marathon

Network either cashing in on brouhaha or trying to assuage fans

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 25, 2013 11:08 AM CST

(Newser) – If you stand with Phil, you can sit down now for the rest of the day: A&E has yet to reinstate Phil Robertson, but it's kicking off a 12-plus-hour Duck Dynasty marathon beginning at 3:30pm today. That amounts to what Fox News calls a "staggering" 25 episodes back to back. A&E didn't respond to Fox's request for comment on its motives, which are raising some eyebrows. "It's A&E trying to play both sides of the coin,” says one celeb blogger. "They've come out and not supported Phil's statements… however, they're also looking at the backlash from the fans, and they have a huge amount."

Phil Robertson from the popular series Duck Dynasty. Robertson was suspended last week for disparaging comments he made to GQ magazine about gay people.
Phil Robertson from the popular series "Duck Dynasty." Robertson was suspended last week for disparaging comments he made to GQ magazine about gay people.   (AP Photo/A&E, Zach Dilgard)
Silas Uncle Si Robertson, left, and Phil Robertson from the popular series Duck Dynasty.
Silas "Uncle Si" Robertson, left, and Phil Robertson from the popular series "Duck Dynasty."   (AP Photo/A&E, Zach Dilgard)
Phil Robertson, flanked by his sons Jase Robertson, left, and Willie Robertson from the popular series Duck Dynasty.
Phil Robertson, flanked by his sons Jase Robertson, left, and Willie Robertson from the popular series "Duck Dynasty."   (AP Photo/A&E, Zach Dilgard)
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